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April 18, 2017 E-News
April 18, 2017 E-News
Posted on 04/19/2017
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Somerville School
Ridgewood Public Schools
Dr. Lorna Oates-Santos, Principal

April 18, 2017 E-News

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~ Albert Einstein

(Earth Day ~ April 22, 2017)

Dear Parents,

Exercise isn’t just good for your waistline – it can make you smarter too!  This sentence grabbed my attention while reading recently and came at such a perfect time of year.  As we all dust off our sneakers and sniff the fresh air, everyone wants to become more active and wake up our bodies and minds.  Spring is the perfect time of year to do just that.  In fact, researchers in Madrid studied the test scores of 1,700 Spanish teens and compared those scores to their mode of transport when it came to getting to school.  It was found that students who biked or walked to school did far better in tests of cognitive function than students who didn’t have an active commute – and that the students  who took longer than 15 minutes to get to school did better than those with short commutes!  I am thinking of getting a bike to trek from Wyckoff to Somerville each day!

Fortunately our annual Walk/Bike to School Month is upon us in just a couple of weeks.  This annual, district-wide event always kicks everyone into gear and I am hoping that this year will be no different.  One of the best parts of Ridgewood is the neighborhood school design.  Please encourage your children to walk to school in a group or bike if they can handle the responsibility.  Bike guidelines are attached and I recommend reviewing this document with your student.  It is a great way to start the day with fresh air, time to chat and getting the blood pumping all as benefits.

Since there will be so many little people walking and biking to and from school - and just around the neighborhoods on the way to sports practices and on family outings - it is great time to remember some of the cardinal rules of driving around Somerville:

  • The Faculty Parking Lot is closed to anyone except staff members from 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM.   This lot is not designed in a way that allows for easy traffic flow and right-corners do not mix well with student walking home.  
  • Leave plenty of space between the car and the crosswalk.  Cars should stop to drop off students or let folks cross at a healthy distance.  
  • No k-turns in front of the school.  This rule is not a "Dr. Oates" rule, it is a law as there is a double yellow line.  
  • Go slowly.  Student safety trumps parent convenience everyday of the week and Sunday around here:)
Thank you for supporting the dual efforts of promoting walking/biking to school and getting here on time during the month of May.  Stay tuned for special announcements about the Walking School Bus on Fridays in May!  Part of my work is creating responsible, healthy little people​​ – in addition to readers, writers, mathematicians and thinkers – and your help is always appreciated.


Dr. Oates


EARTH DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 22NDWe will be celebrating Earth Day here at Somerville on Friday, April 21st.  Please have your child wear blue to celebrate our blue planet!  Please see attached flyer for additional information for Ridgewood's "Daffodil Festival & Earth Day Fair" on Sunday, April 23rd from 11:00-2:00 pm at Van Nest Memorial Park.

A Request from Ms. Stankiewicz: 
Hello Somerville Community,
I am collecting plastic bottlecaps but I only need RED and BLUE (all the way blue, not just the inside) and I could also use any larger plastic lids like coffee can size or bigger in any color.  THANK YOU!  Please send in with your child and there will be a collection box outside of the art studio.
Samantha Stankiewicz  :)

Field Day Volunteers Needed: Somerville’s Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 26th this year. If you are available and would like to volunteer to run a station during the morning (8 -12) please email Mr. DeRisi ( ). The rain date is schedule for Tuesday, May 30thPlease only volunteer if you are available both days! Thank you for your help!


Community Outreach Program Series Presents (Tonight!) at George Washington Middle School 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Psychologist and Author ~ "Protecting Children & Family Relationships in the Digital Age."

Please help Girl Scout Troop 95274 earn their Bronze Award!

Please donate to our "Let's Do Lunch!" collection for students in shelters.

We will be collecting after school on Friday April 21st and Friday April 28th...or you can drop off any donation at 529 Laurel Road, there is a basket on the steps. 

You can help by bringing (non perishable) items in:

brand new lunch boxes

juice boxes

mini water bottles

individual packages of:

    snack bags (like pretzels, Goldfish, fruit snacks, etc.)  

    tuna packets

    peanut butter packets



    peanut butter crackers

The Third Grade Brownie Troop is working on their pet care badge and they will be collecting gently-used pet items for a local animal shelter during the first three weeks of April.  There will be a box set out next to the office to collect these things.  Leashes, collars, dishes, gently used toys are all appreciated. 

Below is the link to this week's eNotices.  Please remember to scroll down for any notices that you may have missed!


CONGRATULATIONS to an amazing INTERNATIONAL Night/Day celebration!  Our Chair people Mayumi Brescia and Anthony Fasano really out-did themselves this year!  THANK YOU to both of you for the many many hours spent in preparation. It was a spectacular event!  And of course we want to THANK ALL of the parents who volunteered to represent their country of origin, AND ALL of the amazing performances by the students!  We most certainly could not have done it without ALL of your participation and hard work!  So THANK YOU!!  Bravo everyone!  You should be very proud.  


We are excited to announce a NEW event coming to the Somerville Community... BOWLING!   

Save the date for this year’s event:  Saturday May 6th

Family Bowling Night 6pm-8:30pm at the Brunswick Lanes in Fair Lawn.

Somerville’s SUPER BOWL will include a slice of Pizza, beverage, lane & shoe rental. 

The cost per person is $15.  Adults and children welcome to bowl! First come, first served as space is limited. Go to Ridgewood Community Pass

and order your tickets today!  Click on the Ridgewood HSA - Somerville School tab, select family members to attend, and follow prompts.

SCHOOLKIDZ:  Order forms for Schoolkidz supply kits will be sent home in backpacks this week.  This is the easiest way to buy your student's school supplies for next year! Order online now, and all of your student's supplies will be waiting on his or her desk on the first day of school in September! 

BOXTOPS CONTEST!  If your grade brings in the most Box Tops from now through early June, your grade could win a Kickball game against the Teachers and yummy Ice Pops!! Start collecting your Box Top’s now and send them in on April’s collection sheet(s). AND BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR CHILD’s NAME AND GRADE ON ANY SHEETS THAT YOU ARE TURNING IN so your grade can get credit!!  (Can submit box tops in clear ziplock sandwich size bags, too. Be sure to label the bag with your child’s NAME and GRADE.)  Good luck to everyone!  Please contact Christine Gorman at or Allison Brown at if you have any questions.

HSA BOARD MEETING - Mark your calendars!  Next Tuesday April 25th, 1:30pm in Dr. Oates’ office.

Hope to see you there! 

Denise DeAngelis, HSA President

Alexa Wagschal, Vice President

Whitney Klein, Treasurer

Kate Harbour, Assistant Treasurer

Tammy Juco, Secretary